A CONDUCTOR'S GUIDE TO LEONARD BERNSTEIN'S CHICHESTER PSALMS AND AN INTRODUCTION TO AND ANALYSIS OF LEONARD BERSTEIN'S MISSA BREVIS
This thesis examines two larger choral pieces by Leonard Bernstein, the Chichester Psalms and the Missa brevis, with the intention of helping conductors prepare and perform the works. The paper is written to aid choral professionals, whether they be university, college, or high school conductors, church musicians, symphonic chorus masters, or the music director of a professional ensemble. Included in the paper are: a discussion of the genesis and historical circumstances surrounding the composition of each work; an analysis of formal structures and key relationships for each movement; and suggestions for teaching and conducting the Chichester Psalms. In regard to the Chichester Psalms, the appropriate tempi, instrumentation, stage placement, and rehearsal techniques are discussed, as is the use of recordings by the composer as a study guide. The paper includes figures that illuminate the form of the individual movements of both works and give graphic representation to the written analysis. A selected bibliography and discography are included.
School:University of Cincinnati
School Location:USA - Ohio
Source Type:Master's Thesis
Keywords:leonard bernstein chichester psalms missa brevis choral works
Date of Publication:01/01/2004